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If the employer has twenty or more employees then they are required to offer COBRA to you upon separation for anything other than "gross misconduct" but the price of the plan can be up to 102% of the actual plan cost. They don't have to give you any kind of employee discount. The COBRA normally can last for 18 months.
I seem to remember that the Dept of Labor has a very good page on COBRA, would you like for me to find that for you?
Are you working under a written contract?
No, there is no requirement that they give you an improvement plan unless you have some type of contract, personal or union, calling for it. At will is pretty much at will in CA, unfortunately.